LITTLE GERMANY: OKTOBERFEST IN IOKOGAM
For Oktoberfest beer fans, this is a holiday not to be missed. If you are planning an autumn trip not to Germany, but to Japan, why not visit the brick warehouses of Yokohama to attend one of the most famous festivals in the world ?! If the tour dates do not fall at the right time of year, do not despair: in Japan, Oktoberfest takes place almost all year round. But first things first.
COME TO YOKOGAMU AT OCTOBERFEST
Oktoberfest, the famous beer festival that originates in Germany, is popular all over the world. No less famous, he won in Japan: Oktoberfest is held in various cities throughout the country, such as Odaiba, Hibiya, Sendai and Osaka. Of all the Japanese Oktoberfests, the one that is held annually in Yokohama is considered the most exciting!
Despite the fact that the holiday is called “Oktoberfest”, many events are not held at all in the fall. But the festival in Yokohama really takes place over two weeks of October in one of the most popular buildings in the city – a brick warehouse located near the port of Yokohama. Due to its excellent location, it attracts many guests: both Japanese and tourists from different countries. They come to enjoy these two weeks of the beer festival. Some remain to celebrate Oktoberfest for several days in a row.
TRY THE BEER FROM JAPAN AND GERMANY!
There are various beers that are sold at Oktoberfest in Yokohama. You can find Japanese-made beers – for example, Yokohama Beer. But, of course, other countries are represented at the festival, including Germany! Just in 2016, the Weltenburger Kloster beer was first introduced at the Oktoberfest in Japan.
It does not matter if you want to discover new beers or look for your favorite brands – all your wishes will come true. Since this is the main beer festival in Japan, Germany and probably the whole world, many of the companies participating in Oktoberfest bring here the best beer that you can find in Japan. Often their offerings include special varieties cooked specifically for Oktoberfest and available only in Yokohama!
SEVERAL TIPS TO THOSE WHO ARE GOING ON THE OKTOBERFEST
Those who are going to Oktoberfest in Japan should know that the entrance to the festival is paid – only 300 yen. As soon as you pay for the ticket, you will receive a bracelet that will allow you to freely go to the event throughout the day. You can leave the festival if you want, and return at any time as long as your bracelet is valid. Its availability also unlocks special discounts at some brick stores. In general, keep the bracelet with you so that the holiday will be profitable!
In addition to the entrance you also pay for your drinks and food. At the same time, Oktoberfest has a deposit system. When you order a drink, you also pay a deposit for the beer mug itself. The size of the deposit depends on the volume of the container, but usually it is 1,000 yen. Try not to break your mug while drinking, dancing and singing, because otherwise you will not be returned a deposit.
If you can not boast a special love for alcoholic beverages, do not worry! At Oktoberfest they sell food and snacks, so even without beer you can have a good time trying Japanese delicacies, walking in the fresh air, listening to music and dancing with friends.
MUSIC, DANCE AND MUCH MORE!
Oktoberfest in Yokohama is held from 12:00 to 21:30 on weekdays and from 11:00 to 21:30 on weekends. This event lasts all day. Some particularly zealous beer fans start kutit already in the middle of the day. What makes Oktoberfest even more exciting is live music. Cool teams from Germany perform in a big tent 4–5 times a day, and guests of the festival dance and have fun with fiery rhythms.
If you were already in Japan, when you talk about it, you probably remember those countless serious clerks who quietly and quietly go to work in the subway. But during the Oktoberfest all come off from the soul! Nowhere in Japan will you see so many men and women of all ages who pertly pull each other onto the dance floor. The festival has a cheerful and friendly atmosphere; in five minutes it will seem to you as if you have known your whole life with your random counterpart in the bar.
By the way, the Japanese Oktoberfest helps not only to find new friends, but also to meet your destiny! For example, in 2016, one Japanese right during the festival made an offer to his beloved. But they met at the same Oktoberfest two years earlier!
ENJOY THE TASTE OF BEER ON OPEN AIR
Oktoberfest is held for two weeks – for such a long time you may well get lucky with the weather. If you have a warm and sunny autumn day, be sure to enjoy a beer in the open air. There is enough space for everyone: not only in a large tent, where the main events of the festival take place, but also outside – on wooden benches or on the lawn.